SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHF724644
Module Leader Bob Gilmour
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The regulatory framework surrounding waste management is outlined and the administrative responsibilities highlighted. Types and volumes of solid waste from household, commercial and industrial producers are identified and methods of waste minimisation are discussed. Recycling and waste to energy schemes are examined and alternative modern waste management options including recycling and incineration are considered. The importance of landfill is highlighted and methods of landfill operation and environmental monitoring are detailed. Methods for the rehabilitation of closed landfills and other contaminated land are examined.


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas:- Waste management. Composition, sources and properties of solid waste. Collection and transfer operations. Waste processing including waste minimisation and recycling. Waste disposal by incineration, landfill and other waste treatment systems. Restoration and rehabilitation of closed landfill and other contaminated land.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:-1.Understand the principles of modern waste management and explain the options available for solid waste disposal. A1, A2, A72.Comprehend the key legislation and regulations relating to waste management. A4,A83.Recognise the environmental impacts related to different types of waste management and the importance of impact minimisation. A1, A2, A3, C34.Compose the elements of a technical report on the monitoring requirements for landfill sites during and after operation.D2, D3.5. Evaluate and initially assess the requirements for monitoring a landfill site and prepare a technical report. B2, C1, C2, C4

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module. This module will be taught by a programme of lectures and tutorials back up by seminars, guest lecturers and a site visit.

Indicative Reading

"Integrated Solid Waste Management", T Chobanoglous, McGraw Hill, (1993) "Introduction to Environmental Engineering", Davis M. L., and Cornwell D. A., McGraw-Hill (1991). "Waste Management Options", Waste Management Paper No 1, Department of Environment, HMSO (1989). "Monitoring of Landfills", Waste Management Paper No. 4, Department of Environment, HMSO (1989). "Landfill Completion", Waste Management Paper No 26A, Department of Environment, HMSO, (1989). "The Control of Landfill Gas", Waste Management Paper No. 27, Department of Environment, HMSO (1989). National Waste Strategy, Scotland, 1999, SEPA

Transferrable Skills

Assessment of data from a variety of sources of information D3, D9 Verbal presentation of data to class D2 Preparation of detailed report C1, D1, D10

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 134.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 18.00 n/a Report
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 70.00 35% Final Exam -  Unseen written examination- 3 Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 12.00 n/a Mid Term Test - Unseen written examination-1½ Hours